Social evening

Mulling over the quiz questions

TUESDAY 18th February was our spring term social evening.

I’ll only add a short post for this event to have the record of it for our members.

This year we decided against fish and chips and, instead, everyone brought contributons – providing chili, baked potato, salad, quiche etc buffet. We also enjoyed some bite size rocky road to finish off with – yum. As usual, on the food front, the girls did themselves proud – and I’m happy to say there was far too much delicious food for us to eat!

Being a foodie – I’m so glad we’re as good at cooking and organising a spread as we are at singing. 🙂

Joy provided a marvellous quiz with picture, lyrics, addresses and potluck rounds. There was much hilarity when one of our team shouted out the first answer rather than writing it down,  all adding to the light-hearted ambience of the evening. Still, we were all in the same boat and we soon got the hang of it! It was a good mix of questions – so everyone managed to get a fair few right while still having challenges with some.

Many hands make light work, and with everyone washing, drying, putting away, clearing furniture and vacuuming soon there was no evidence of the wonderful fun evening with our lovely friends in the choir.

Thanks to everyone for their help and contributions, and especially to Brenda for organising us and Joy for the quiz.

Vocal Workshop evening – resounding success

TUESDAY 21st January, the choir hosted a vocal workshop attracting 12 new faces.

Julie Aherne our talented and inspiring musical director put together a fun evening of rounds and chants interspersed with 2 songs we will be singing in the concert.

Everyone was fully engaged, and we made a fantastic sound together. While practising the rounds we experienced singing differing tunes at the same time, preparing the ground for singing in parts for the concert pieces.

By the end of the first half we were able to tackle Va pensiero, by Verdi – better known as the Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves. An operatic piece which, with Julie’s excellent explanations, we were able to tackle the words and annunciation reasonably well. Soon after learning the notes we sang the piece through and Julie pronounced our singing as really lovely. A fantastic feat for our newly formed group for the evening.

We repeated the same format for the second half and were able to finish the evening with a rousing rendition of Bring him home, from Les Miserables. Which everyone was very pleased with.

Mention must be made of several cakes which we happily enjoyed in the break and added to the special feel of the evening.

Our thanks to Julie for her hard work, Camilla with her expertise in accompanying us, the choir for making everyone so welcome (and bringing cakes providing tea and coffee), and of course our amazing guests who were brave enough to join a strange group of people and sing out loud! – Well done everyone!

A Postcript –  50% of our guests came back – and joined us.

A Ceremony of Carols – Christmas concert review

Our Christmas concert lived up to the expectations of the choir and the audience with a wonderful programme spanning from the atmospheric classical Britten piece – A Ceremony of Carols – to popular songs and traditional Carols.

We opened with the Britten and with the help of the amazing Cecily Beer, accompanying us on the harp, and soloist Camilla Jeppeson, gave a thoughtful and characterful performance. There was a real feel of a wintry Christmas and times past as we progressed through the piece.

Turning our attention to the ubiquitous Rutter the audience were delighted with the better known Nativity Carol and Star Carol pieces.

We were all treated to a sparkling duet by Camilla Jeppeson, Soprano (usually our accompanist) and Cecily Beer, Harpist (resident harpist at the Waldorf Hotel). Two songs: A hymn to the Virgin and Jesukin, and in the second half Camilla performed the delightful piece ‘Ah! Je veux vivre’ from Roméo et Juliette, this time accompanied by our own Musical Director Julie Aherne. Working with our choir their responsibilities are the other way about, so it was lovely to hear them together in roles they are better known for (check out their websites to see how lucky we are to have them).

It was wonderful to experience these top-class musicians performing at our Concert, topped off with a solo, in the second half, from Cecily Beer on the harp. An intriguing piece Clair de Noël – Christmas variations on Clair de lune.

The concert also featured audience participation Carols and these were enthusiastically attempted by everyone. A complimentary supper provided by members of the choir, and our popular hamper raffle were both enjoyed in the interval.

Christmas isn’t Christmas without the John Lewis Adverts so we gave suitable service to three of the charming songs used in recent years. Your song, Somewhere Only We Know, and The Power of Love (Frankie goes to Hollywood). These were enthusiastically received and our splendid renditions, no doubt stopped John Lewis profits from plummeting even more this year!

The choir offered solo performances: White Christmas beautifully sung by Sue Campbell, Karen Ballard, Connie Pierre and, by Rosalind Taylor joining with the choir singing Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. These popular Christmas standards were rapturously applauded by our appreciative audience.

With a light reading from Brenda Frost about a little lamb’s experience of the first Christmas and finishing with a magical version of O Holy night the choir once again gave a concert we can be proud of, with something in it for everyone. A varied programme we felt able to tackle due to the tireless encouragement, skills and patience of Julie Aherne.

Don’t miss our next concert on Saturday 28th March 7:30 pm when will be exploring the idea of Home and what it means to us near and far.

A night at the movies – Summer concert review

‘A night at the movies’

What a joyful concert of varied music we gave our audience in July when we presented our ‘night at the movies’.

Once again, our Musical Director, Julie Aherne, put together a fun, inspired and popular selection of pieces from several different genres of films. How could we do anything other than deliver a performance worthy of these great movies. With our brilliant accompanist Camilla Jeppeson to support us we sang at our very best.

Our Chairman, Brenda Frost, wrote and performed a witty little piece of prose which references many of the pieces we performed. I think its probably a great way to summarise our evening in this post:

WELCOME to our Night at the Movies. See if you can pick out the songs we are going to sing.

We are here to make you Happy and make your Dreams come true. So, May It Be for you tonight! We have songs about the longing of a Mermaid, who wants to walk like humans, the wishes of Cinderella, the excitement of Aladdin as he soars above the earth on his magic carpet.

We will sing about the joy of Pocahontas as she sees the mountains and the creatures of the earth and paints with all the colours of the wind, and the sadness of Mulan, the girl who doesn’t know who she is. Nobody does it better than Julie, who would love us to practice

from 9 to 5 and Camilla whose beautiful playing brings tears to our eyes as we sing Lacrimosa and Agnus Dei. They both encourage us to Conquer Paradise, sing Hallelujah, and go into Bohemian Rhapsody. We hope to transport you to New York, Middle Earth, and even to the jungle to glimpse The Eye Of The Tiger.

The Sky May Fall In, but Our Hearts Will Go On.

So, this is me, This Is Us. Woking Ladies Choir.

THANK you, Brenda.

If you missed it – don’t worry you can join us for our Christmas concert on 14th December at 4:30pm. Put the date in your diary – tickets on sale nearer the time.

 

Summer Concert preview

‘A night at the movies’ is currently in the cutting room!

We’re currently deep in rehearsals – learning a great new repertoire of songs featured in movies and we’re going to be performing on Saturday July 13th at 7:30pm., at Knaphill Methodist Church.

It’s an incredibly varied programme as film music covers many genres. We are singing a couple of classical pieces which are more challenging, well known and will be appreciated for their beautiful settings.

There are some fun pieces from recent films such as ‘This is me’ (The Greatest Showman), ‘Eye of the Tiger’ (Rocky III) and ‘Happy’ (Despicable Me)- that’s a relief after the technically challenging Barber’s adagio for Strings (Platoon)! Oh, so difficult but oh so beautiful when we’ve mastered it.

We’re all imagining that we’re Disney princesses as we sing our way through a pretty medley from Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Pocohontas and Mulan; and we like Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5 so much we are arranging a social outing to the theatre in Woking to see the show.

With even more numbers to learn before the performance we could always do with more members to help us along – we are having such a great time with Julie, our musical diector, learning these pieces – you could join us if you fancy a good sing.

If you want more information about us or about this sparkling summer concert in July please complete the form below.

Ladies, women, girls – come and sing with us!

Ladies, women, girls – come and sing with us!

It’s a New Year and you love singing.

What better time to start than right now.

January is an excellent time to join us – we are all starting to learn the pieces for the summer concert. We also have a social evening planned and are  friendly and welcoming.

There are no auditions – if you like singing then what are you waiting for?

Join us Tuesdays at Knaphill Methodist Church at 7:45. We’re all looking forward to meeting you and singing with you.

If you’re interested please contact us – so we can look out for you.

Christmas Concert 2018 Review

Christmas Concert 2018 Review

Christmas and all that Jazz – it certainly was.

A well received programme, well delivered, in spite of numerous wintery ailments. At least this year most of the choir were able to make it and we’re so glad we did.

This was one of our best attended concerts, the church was packed and buzzing in anticipation and no-one was disappointed.

The addition of the Jazz trio gave our performance a lift and an extra level of interest, not just for the audience – everyone in WLC agreed the band really enhanced the event.

We performed a wide range of pieces from the more challenging Chilcott’s Little Jazz Mass to the spiritual This little light of mine, and from a sung setting of Elgar’s Nimrod to The twelve days of Christmas which the audience were cajoled in to joining in with us.

Julie and Camilla enthralled us with 2 spirited seasonal piano duets: Sleigh ride and Santa Claus is coming to town, and our Chairman, Brenda, enlightened us with an amusing reading on the impossibilities of A politically correct Christmas.

With our usual popular raffle and interval supper the whole evening was a triumph. The Mayor and Mayoress attending were the final trimmings to our Christmas feast of a concert.

Well done and thank you to everyone who helped, supported and participated in a very enjoyable and successful evening.

 

 

Christmas concert 2018

Christmas and all that jazz

Woking Ladies Choir present a concert of seasonal songs with a jazzy twist. Accompanied by a jazz trio we perform Bob Chilcott’s exuberant Little Jazz Mass alongside Christmas favourites old and new from Silent Night to Let it Snow!

Attended by the Mayor of Woking * Free refreshments and raffle

When: Saturday 15 December 4:30pm

Where: Knaphill Methodist Church

Tickets: Adults £10, Children £5

Contact Brenda 07980 543991